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Virat Kohli must be ready to look ugly, keep decided to beat lean patch: Matthew Hayden

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India Today Sports Desk

India vs Australia: Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden stated Virat Kohli must replicate on his difficulty and be higher ready to look ugly and look unhappy when he’s batting in Test cricket.

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Mar 3, 2023 13:43 IST

Virat Kohli has struggled to attain massive in Border-Gavaskar Trophy (AP Photo)

By India Today Sports Desk: Former Australia batter Matthew Hayden has insisted that there’s nothing a lot flawed with Virat Kohli’s method however that the previous India captain must be ready to bat lengthy intervals and even look ugly within the center to keep away from getting out with out massive scores.

Virat Kohli has been struggling to get massive scores in Test cricket within the latest previous. While the star batter has not hit 100 in Test cricket for the reason that day-night Test in Kolkata in November 2019, Kohli’s incapacity to give you appreciable contributions is changing into a trigger for concern.

In the continued Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli has managed simply 111 runs throughout 5 innings, getting out to spinners on all 5 events. Barring Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara, not one of the different batters have managed to get going within the first 3 Tests.

Kohli, as broadcasters have claimed on air, regarded good within the first innings in Delhi the place he scored 44 and within the first innings in Indore the place he top-scored with 22 earlier than getting out LBW to Todd Murphy.

However, Kohli has not gone previous 50 in Test cricket in his final 15 innings. The lean patch appears to be persevering with within the longest format of the sport at the same time as Kohli has managed to show it round in ODIs and T20Is. In truth, the previous captain hit 3 tons of since December 2022 in ODI cricket.

“There seems to be nothing majorly wrong with the technical point of view. The mind that’s where the issue lies,” Matthew Hayden instructed Star Sports after Australia gained the Indore Test on Friday.

“When you get to that stage of the career that Virat has, when you have achieved everything and anything in the game, it’s what continues to inspire you as an athlete. We all know that the highs of Virat are stratosphere highs, there is such a great positive energy that exists. He has such an infectious energy. You can see the adulation that exists for him in the group, the adulation of the fans, amongst the game itself,” he added.


Hayden stated Kohli ought to take a step again and replicate on his points internally and ensure he’s ready to combat it out for longer within the center.

The legendary Australian batter stated he has seen batters within the second half of their careers battling momentary lapses in focus and that it is likely to be the case with Kohli.

“The question is not so much for us to answer, the question is internally how Virat himself is going to find a way to get through this period. Players go through periods, extended periods where they are not scoring runs. Virat is not scoring runs.

“So he has to now work out a manner as to how he’s going to only stay on the crease and be ready to look somewhat ugly, look somewhat unhappy, look decided, simply to be within the second and keep within the center longer. So simply the focus issue is what I’m suggesting can develop into a problem on the again half of our careers. It’s bought nothing to do with the method,” he added.

With Australia pulling one again within the 4-Test sequence after taking place 0-2, India should win the ultimate Test in Ahmedabad, beginning March 9, to maintain their probabilities of reaching the World Test Championship remaining alive.

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Mar 3, 2023